Figure matrices

When the students are ready, say:

Now turn to page 10 and follow while I read the directions.

Pause to check all the students are on the right page, and then read:

In each of these questions there are figures arranged in a large square. One figure is missing and its place is shown by a question mark. You have to choose which figure is the missing one. Look at the example below.  [Pause]


Look at the top pair of figures – a large square and a small square. They are the same shape but the second figure is smaller.

Look at the bottom figure – a large circle. Find the figure from the answer choices that completes the pair in the same way. The correct answer is D because this is a small circle. This is how you would show the answer. [Pause and indicate the example in the Student Booklet.]

Now try some practice questions. Mark your answer choices by filling in the correct box on the Answer Sheet. Remember, if you want to change your answer, rub out your first choice and mark your new letter choice.

Practice 1

Practice 2

Practice 3

Pause while the students choose their answers. Walk around the room, checking to make sure they are marking their answers correctly. Clear up any difficulties. Then continue as follows:

The answer to practice question 1 is H, because if ‘one arrow up’ goes to ‘two arrows up’, then ‘one arrow down’ goes to ‘two arrows down’.

The answer to practice question 2 is Q, because if ‘three arrows above the line’ go to ‘six arrows below the line’, then ‘three circles above the line’ go to ‘six circles below the line’.

The answer to practice question 3 is R, because the three different shapes are arranged in a pattern. The shapes move along one space as you look down the three rows or across the three columns. You can see the same shape appears in a diagonal pattern.

Are there any questions?

Answer any questions, and then read:

Remember, you have to choose which figure is the missing one by completing the pair or the pattern in the large square.

Do all of the questions in this test the same way. Try to answer every question.

You will have 10 minutes to work on this test.

Turn over the page and begin. Work until you reach the stop sign at the end of the test.

Start your stopwatch or note the exact time to the nearest second on your watch or clock. Note this time on your Time Chart, and then add exactly 10 minutes and fill in the stopping time.

While the test is in progress, walk around the room to make sure that all the students are marking their answers by drawing a line across the letters and that no one has turned to a page they should not be on. Encourage any students who finish early to check their answers. After exactly 10 minutes, say:

Stop. Put your pencils down and close your booklets.

At this point, if the test session has finished, please collect the Student Booklets and Answer Sheets. If you are continuing the test session after a break, please ensure that all materials are secure until testing resumes.